Fox Slams Donald Trump's 'Sick Obsession' With Megyn Kelly
Donald Trump continued to attack Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Saturday, a day after the network fought back against the Republican frontrunner, defending Kelly#8217s work and criticizing Trump#8217s #8220extreme, sick obsession with her.#8221
Fox#8217s response followed an escalation of Trump#8217s insults on Friday, when he called for a boycott of her show.
#8220Everybody should boycott the [Megyn Kelly] show,#8221 he wrote on Twitter. #8220Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, amp the most overrated person on tv.#8221
Trump has kept up attacks on Kelly throughout his campaign, insulting her after she questioned him about his rhetoric toward women at a debate and later refusing to participate in another debate when Fox wouldn#8217t remove her as moderator. Kelly has largely not responded.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
ldquoDonald Trumprsquos vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land,rdquo said Irena Briganti, a spokeswoman for the network on Friday, the New York Times reported.
ldquoMegyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America mdash wersquore extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trumprsquos endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, itrsquos especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.rdquo
Trump responded on Saturday by bringing the conversation back to the ratings, as his campaign joined the attack on the show.
ldquoDespite the fact he wants nothing to do with her and will not appear on her show due to her extremely biased reporting, much of the program is about him anyway on a nightly basis,#8221 Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement Friday, according to the Times. ldquoUnlike Megyn Kelly, who resorts to putting out statements via FOX News, Mr. Trump will continue to defend himself against the inordinate amount of unfair and inaccurate coverage he receives on her second-rate show each night.rdquo
Write to Katie Reilly at Katie.Reilly@time.com.